Two members of California redistricting commission have past ties to minor parties

Posted by our very own Damon Eris (a.k.a. d.eris) at the California Independent Voter Network (read the full thing here, which has more of a focus on the influence of independents in general):

 All four members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission who are not members of the Democratic or Republican parties are decline-to-state voters, though at least two have had a prior affiliation with a third party. In his application for the Commission, M. Andre Parvenu of Culver City apparently first identified himself as a member of the Peace and Freedom Party but then sent a follow-up email stating that he is in fact a decline-to-state voter, not registered with a political party.  Asked about the discrepancy at an applicant review panel on September 9, 2010, Mr. Parvenu stated that he had voted for the Peace and Freedom Party in the past but now prefers to be nonpartisan, and thought it would be “better to go decline to state,” adding, “throughout this process I want to remain neutral.”  Mr. Parvenu has a bachelor’s degree in geography and urban studies, a master’s degree in geography and urban planning, and has been a city planner in Los Angeles for the last ten years. 

Another Independent member of the Commission appears to have past ties to the Green Party.  Michelle R. DiGuilio-Matz of Stockton cites her status as a decline-to-state voter as evidence of her “ability to be impartial.”  In response to an essay question on her application for the Commission, she writes, “While I have been listed with formal political parties I have always voted in a manner to reflect the qualifications and expereince of the individual or issue on the ballot.”  Asked later to clarify what she meant by this statement, DiGuilio-Matz responded that she had previously been a member of the Democratic Party and the Green Party, but has been registered as a decline-to-state voter for at least five years.  In her application materials, she writes:

     “I have found that, while organized political groups have certain commonalities and/or affiliations that may serve their consituents, I too often have seen strict party adherance coming at the expense of rational discussion and critical thinking. “Decline to State” reflects my desire to be as unbiased as possible in adhering to political positions and a willingness to be open minded in measuring the validity of various positions.”

8 thoughts on “Two members of California redistricting commission have past ties to minor parties

  1. Deran

    Wait, what? I’m sonfused abt the relationship between this post and the comment abt the death on her bicycle of a one-time GP candidate for Senate in Maryland?

    On the other hand; I think it’s a great thing that a fellow who’s voted for PFP candidates will be involved in redistricting work. I wish WA State had something even vaguely as open and fair as the new system in CA.

  2. NewFederalist

    Deran- No need to be confused. Campbell is a spammer. He interjects non-related stuff all the time.

  3. Opeach Obama, I mean, is this the best we can do? [Lake]

    Don Lake is confused, why is he listed with Campbell, Milnes, and CT by Nude Federalist?

    One thing the west coast redistrictors (my phrase) need to consider is the poor health of local government(s) ……

    Cities That Could Face Bankruptcy in 2011
    Posted Dec 21, 2010 06:06pm EST

    by Gus Lubin and Leah Goldman in Recession, Politics Related:

    Provided by the Business Insider, Dec. 21, 2010:

    2011 will be the year of the municipal default. At least that’s what analysts like Meredith Whitney predict, as do bond investors that have been fleeing the muni market.

    There are many reasons to be worried. First, the expiration of Build America Bonds will make it harder for cities to raise funds.

    Second, city revenues are crashing and keep getting worse. Property taxes haven’t reflected the total damage from the housing crash.

    High joblessness is cutting into city revenues, while increasing costs for services.

    The next default could be a major city like Detroit, or it could be one of hundreds of small cities that are on the brink. Did we leave off your ailing city? Let us know in the comments.

    San Diego, Ca. [told ya so, told ya so ………]

    Deficit through June 2012 : $73 million

    Budget in FY2011: $2.85 billion

    Annualized gap: 1.7%

    The city’s official have tried curbing the deficit by increasing sales taxes, but residents of the city strongly oppose this and have voted it down.

    San Diego already cut over $200 million over the past two years, so these cuts won’t come easy.

    [Lake: Second mess, the COMMERCIAL Real Estate bubble bursting ……..]

  4. d.eris

    “Wonder what the political ideology of the other two are?”

    The piece at CAIVN goes on to profile the other two independents on the Commission as well. One appears to be a long time decline-to-state voter who argued in his application materials that the parties and two-party system in Sacramento are the source of much of the trouble in CA.

    The other is more a local community activist, also a decline-to-state voter, who is engaged in environmental issues among other things in low-income communities. No obvious political affiliation from her application materials for the Commission.

  5. Starchild

    San Francisco has for the past couple years had recurring annual deficits on the order of $500 million (out of a $6.5 billion budget, which you’d think would be enough to comfortably cover a city of 800,000 or so in an area of about 49 square miles — that is, if you were unfamiliar with the spending habits of SF politicians, bureaucrats, and voters).

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